With all the warmth of a cozy quilt, snuggle into Amish tales of hearts joined, friendships patched, and the bright joys of Christmas tradition…
A WILLOW RIDGE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kauffman and her two children…or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu Nativity pageant, will their roles reveal their hearts—and work a miracle for a lifetime?
A CHRISTMAS ON ICE MOUNTAIN
Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp’s secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won’t accept. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families’ futures bright?
A PERFECT AMISH CHRISTMAS
Anna Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing—falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Now it’s up to the spirit of Christmas to work its magic…
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About the Author
Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA nominated and award-winning author of the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill and The Honeybee Sisters series, as well as a number of novellas. Novels in her Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series have been RITA® Award and RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award finalists. Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for inspirational fiction and Huckleberry Hearts was named a Booklist Top 10 Inspirational Fiction Book of the Year. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten. Please visit her online at www.JenniferBeckstrand.com
Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily's Wedding Quilt was a Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year in 2011. Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for 28 years. Please visit her on Facebook: Fans of Kelly Long.
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An Amish Christmas Quilt
By Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, JENNIFER BECKSTRAND
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Mary Kauffman clutched herself as another contraction ripped through her insides. Fresh tears sprang to her eyes as she somehow kept from screaming—somehow kept the lines in her hand while the horse and buggy continued down the unfamiliar road. Was she anywhere near Willow Ridge and Aunt Miriam's? How much longer could she possibly keep driving, now that her water had broken?
"Are we there yet?" five-year-old Lucy whined from the back seat.
"Are we lost?" Sol asked in a testier voice. At seven, he was more acutely aware than Lucy of how their father's death was affecting their family—and more critical of Mary, as well. "I'm pretty sure we should've turned left onto that last blacktop we crossed."
Oh, but Mary wanted to scream—except Sol might be right. She was so frightened and in such excruciating pain, it was entirely possible that she'd forgotten which county road passed through Willow Ridge ... because you've always been riding to Aunt Miriam's rather than driving ... always depended upon Dat or Elmer to get you where you needed to go.
Lucy's two cats scuffled in the cardboard box on the seat beside Mary, and then a ginger paw poked through a breathing hole in the top of the makeshift carrier. When one of them yowled, Rowdy, their border collie, let out a disciplinary woof.
Lucy begin sniffling again. "Can I please let the kitties out to—"
"No!" Mary snapped more vehemently than she intended. "We'll be at Aunt Miriam's in just a few—"
"I don't ever remember seeing those black and white cows before," Sol remarked tersely. "We need to turn around and—Rowdy, no! You can't get out and chase those cows!"
Mary's head pounded as the dog began to jump and lunge, barking frantically out the buggy's back window. Again, she peered down the gravel road, looking for signs of the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café, which belonged to her aunt. It was an unfortunate fact that most Plain houses were tall and white with additions on them, and that they sat back from gravel roads that looked so much alike. Or maybe the café was on a blacktop, and she really did need to turn back to—
Another hard contraction hit Mary so suddenly, she cried out before she could catch herself. All this way, she'd been so careful not to frighten the kids, not to let on that she'd gone into labor during the night, because she was determined to see them safely to Aunt Miriam's before the baby came. When they'd left Bowling Green in the wee hours this morning, Mary had bypassed her parents' place, sensing her mother would've made her stay. And maybe that was just one in a long line of stupid mistakes she'd made.
"Are you gonna have the baby now, Mamma?" Lucy wailed.
"She can't have it while we're out here on the road, silly! She's gotta be in a bed, like Mamm was when you were born," her brother replied. "I think I'd better drive—"
Again, Mary clutched herself as a keening cry rose from her throat. Somehow she steered the horse to the shoulder of the road and stopped it, even as her head began to spin and her mind filled with odd, rapid-fire images. She slumped against the wall of the buggy, caving in to another ripping pain as the blackness began closing in. Was she out of her head, or had Rowdy just jumped out the window? The kids' strident voices seemed so distant now ...
* * *
Seth Brenneman propped open the door to his wood shop, allowing fresh air inside now that the final coat of varnish on his walnut table had dried. This dining room set—one of many orders he'd already received for pre-Christmas delivery—was complete, with its china hutch, ten chairs, and leaves for the table. He smiled as the natural light shimmered richly on the tabletop. It was only September 28, months ahead of Christmas, but already the holiday season promised to be the most profitable ever for the woodworking and construction business he and his two brothers ran. When Micah and Aaron returned from an installation, they would deliver this set to its new owners in Bloomingdale, so Seth began piling furniture pads near the door.
Loud, strident barking made him stick his head outside. The racket came from a black and white border collie—and when it caught sight of Seth, it bounded toward him, barking even more insistently. Nobody around Willow Ridge owned a dog like this; he wondered if someone had dumped it on the roadside. The last thing he needed was a noisy, bothersome dog to feed, so he removed the chunk of wood from beneath the door to close it—
But the dog shot toward him, fixing him with an intense brown-eyed gaze that refused to be ignored. It charged at him, nipping his pant leg, still barking frantically as it pivoted to dash back toward the road. When the dog saw that Seth wasn't following, it came at him again, barking even louder and faster as it circled him.
"Hey! What're you—don't nip me, you ornery—" As Seth dodged the dog's next attack, he noticed a surrey on the road with a small horse trailer behind it. At first sight he thought nothing of it, because in Willow Ridge, Missouri, double-sized buggies were an everyday thing. But when the border collie headed in that direction again, barking at him over its shoulder, Seth noticed the surrey wasn't moving. As he loped toward the road, he heard a little girl crying her heart out. Then another young voice rose over the caterwauling.
"Wake up! You'd better not die and leave us here—not like our real mamm did!"
Seth broke into a run, his thoughts racing. The dog was circling the rig and the Belgian hitched to it began to toss its head nervously. A shrill whinny came from the trailer. Before his visions of a runaway buggy could become reality, Seth took hold of the harness. "Whoa, now," he crooned to the draft horse. "No need to rush off, fella."
The horse stomped its massive front hoof and shook its head—understandable, considering the racket the dog was making.
"You! Enough!" Seth commanded, pointing at the border collie. "Sit!"
The dog obeyed, planting itself close enough to lunge at him if he made any threatening moves—and Seth respected the border collie's protective instincts. He slowly opened the front door of the double rig and peered inside. "What's the trouble? My name's—"
Words left him. A young woman dressed in black slumped against the opposite side of the rig, her face pallid and slack beneath her black kapp. Beside her, a cardboard box shifted on the seat as mewling noises came from inside it. When he lifted the box, the little girl and boy in the back seat grabbed each other and gaped fearfully at him. Worn suitcases and taped boxes were piled around them, leaving just enough room for the dog to ride on the floor between the two back bench seats.
When the woman moaned, Seth thrust the thumping box toward the kids. "Here—you'd better take this while I see to your mamm.
After the little girl snatched the box, clutching it in her lap, he got a better look at the young woman who'd been driving. She appeared to be still in her teens, awfully thin—yet her arm was curved around a bulging belly. Whether or not she seemed old enough or strong enough, her baby was trying to be born. When she writhed in pain again, Seth hopped into the rig.
"We've got a clinic just up the road," he explained to the kids as he grabbed the lines. "Hang on. We'll be there in a few."
The Belgian surged forward and the border collie again began to circle and bark, but Seth barely noticed the racket. He wanted to rouse the young woman—to stroke the strawberry-blond hair back from her pale, sweaty face and tell her where he was taking her. But he thought better of it, considering how scared of him the kids looked.
What have I gotten myself into? Why would this girl be on the road when her baby is so close to—and where's the man of this family? Why does everyone look so ... pinched?
It struck him then that perhaps the young woman wore a black kapp because she was in mourning ... even more of a hardship for the kids, if their birth mother had apparently died, as well. As the Belgian stepped briskly down the road, Seth glanced into the back seat, where the towheaded brother and sister still clung to each other.
"It'll be all right," he assured them, touched by the way their eyes filled their faces. "We've got a real gut fella here who's delivered lots of babies. Where were ya goin' when your mamm passed out?"
The boy frowned. "Our mamm's in Heaven. This is our—"
"Take us to Aunt Miriam's," the little girl interrupted in a tiny voice.
Seth approached the intersection, watching for oncoming traffic. "Miriam Lantz? And her name's Miriam Hooley now?" he asked as he steered the Belgian onto the county blacktop. Countless Plain women were named Miriam, after all.
The girl's face went blank. Either she didn't know Miriam's last name or she was too scared to recall it. "I want to see if my kitties are okay," she whined.
"No!" her brother said as he grabbed for the box in her lap. "You can't let them—"
When the box shifted with the kids' scuffle, a ginger-colored cat sprang out of the loose top, followed by a striped one. As the kids tried to catch them, squealing, and the cats scrambled around the boxes to avoid being caught, Seth was very glad to be pulling into the lot of the Willow Ridge Clinic. "You've got to corral those cats while I help your mamm," Seth told them more brusquely than he intended to. "Don't run out into the road! Get them back in their box and then come inside!"
Pandemonium had erupted in the back seat. Seth suspected both kids were getting clawed as they tried to grab the cats, but his main concern was the young woman slumped against the opposite side of the buggy. Her loosened hair clung damply to a face that resembled white candle wax. Her breathing was ragged and shallow—and when he grasped her shoulder, she didn't respond.
Out cold. Only one thing to do, he thought as he opened his door. "I'm taking her inside," he told the kids, "so you'll have to look after yourselves until I get back. Better yet, come into the clinic—but not with the cats!"
Scooping the petite woman into his arms, Seth eased her across the seat and then stepped to the ground. Even in her advanced pregnancy, he doubted she weighed a hundred pounds. As her head lolled against his shoulder and her mouth dropped open, Seth hoped he wasn't hurting her—wasn't moving her the wrong way—but he didn't know what else to do. He hurried to the clinic door and then kicked repeatedly on it.
"Open up!" he called out. The girl was dead weight in his arms, limp and helpless with her distended belly. While Seth wasn't a man who prayed over every little thing, he found himself petitioning for this young mother's welfare. "Open the door—hurry!" he cried, desperately hoping their local nurse, Andy Leitner, or his assistant, Rebecca, was at the front desk.
Lord, please help us along here. Please don't let her lose this baby on account of how I don't know what I'm doing.
She stirred in his arms and for a few seconds her eyes opened ... deep green eyes, like an evergreen windbreak, they were. When she met his gaze, Seth's heartbeat stilled. He saw her need, her yearning, her pain—her absolute trust—and it scared him half to death. He was so drawn in, unable to look away, that he was only vaguely aware of the clinic door opening.
"Oh, my! Come in, Seth," Rebecca said breathlessly. "Andy's with a patient, but I'll get him right away! Put her on the table in there."
With utmost care, Seth entered the small exam room and eased the woman onto the padded table. "It's going to be all right," he murmured, hoping he was correct. "You're in gut hands here—"
The young woman's eyes rolled back as her belly and hips undulated with a powerful contraction. Seth reminded himself that he'd assisted several mares and cows with birthings over the years.
He tried to keep his thoughts on this level—livestock bearing their young, competently and naturally, and usually without complications—because the thought of being present when this woman's baby came out made him gaze anxiously toward the hallway. Delivery was another matter altogether when a woman was involved, because every now and again they didn't survive the ordeal. This girl looked so fragile and—
"Who do we have here?" Andy Leitner asked as he stepped into the room. His dark eyes never left the young woman as he washed his hands at the sink.
"I don't have any idea," Seth replied, "but I'm mighty glad you're with her. She's got a couple of little kids out in a buggy, along with two cats that got loose and some sort of horse in a trailer, and a border collie whipping them all into a frenzy." He paused ... didn't hear the dog barking anymore. "I'd better go check on them. It seems awfully quiet out there."
And what'll you do with them? Probably not a gut idea for them to sit in the waiting room while their mamm cries out with her contractions. And if the cats jumped out of the buggy and ran off—
Seth stepped outside and stopped in his tracks. Despite not being tied, the Belgian stood obediently at the hitching post. No distressed whinnies came from the trailer. At one side of the surrey, the boy and his sister were gazing at him, each of them holding a cat, under the watchful eye of the black and white dog. He'd heard border collies were herders and organizers, and he was now a believer. A very grateful believer.
He smiled at the kids, stooping to their level. "Does the Aunt Miriam you know own a bakery?" he asked on a hunch.
Their eyes lit up. "Jah!" the little girl said with a squeal. "I want a snickerdoodle!"
"And she makes really gut chocolate pie, too—that's what I had at her wedding," the boy replied. Then his brow furrowed. "Is this Willow Ridge?"
Bingo! Thank You, Lord! Seth thought as his smile widened. "It is, and Miriam's café is right down the road. Shall we go there, so she'll know you and your mamm are in town?"
"She's not our—"
"Button it up, Sol!" his sister blurted as she scrambled back into the buggy. "You didn't even know we was in the right town! And I'm too starvin' to care!"
After the kids put the cats back into their box, Seth slipped into the driver's seat. He was relieved to be delivering these kids to someone who'd know who they were ... and what to do with them. Sol coaxed the dog into the back, and as they rolled onto the blacktop, the clip-clop, clip-clop of the Belgian's sturdy hooves steadied Seth's pulse. He could settle the kids at a table, let Miriam fuss over them, leave money for their lunch, and then be on his way back to the shop. By now, Aaron and Micah were probably wondering where he was and why he'd left the shop door wide open.
Seth soon realized his plan wasn't going to work out that way. When the kids burst through the door of the Sweet Seasons and spotted Miriam pouring coffee, they were oblivious to the lunch crowd.
"Aunt Miriam!" the little girl cried as she rushed between the tables.
When Miriam looked up, her eyes widened. "Lucy and Sol! I wasn't expectin' you kids so soon—and where's your mamm?" She set down her carafe and slipped her arms around them.
Seth squeezed between the tables as quickly as he could, nodding at the folks he knew as they ate their dinner. "She's at the clinic, havin' her baby," he said in a low voice. "I found their buggy stopped alongside the road and—"
"Well, I'd better get myself right down there! Will ya drive me?" Miriam bustled toward the counter to set down her order pad. "Naomi, I'm off to help my niece from Bowling Green—Mose's girl, the one I told ya was comin'?"
From the cookstove in the kitchen, Seth's mother waved her off. "We'll be just fine, dearie. You go see to her—and you're takin' her, son?"
There was no way out of it now, was there? "Jah, tell Aaron and Micah that's where I am if they come in askin'," Seth replied.
"But I want pie!" Sol piped up. "Chocolate pie!"
"I'm starvin'!" Lucy joined in as both kids gazed up at Miriam. "We left so early we didn't hardly have nothin' to eat."
Seth smiled. Miriam Hooley considered it her mission to feed everyone she met, and her expression said she wasn't about to ignore these pleading children.
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant Charlotte Hubbard, 1,
A Christmas on Ice Mountain Kelly Long, 85,
A Perfect Amish Christmas Jennifer Beckstrand, 167,
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A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant--by Charlotte Hubbard Seth Brenneman didn't expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant Mary Kauffman and her two children....or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts--and work a miracle for a lifetime? My Review: Charlotte Hubbard has recreated the perfect Nativity scene with Mary and Seth and her two children. How can their hearts help but turn warm with love at the very thought and act of recreating the very first Christmas night? This is a precious novella full of love, forgiveness and plenty of surprises. 5 Stars A Christmas on Ice Mountain--by Kelly Long Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp's secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won't accept. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families' futures bright? My Review: This is an Amish version of the Hatfields and McCoys....families or fathers at least feuding and no one even knows the reason for the feud. When their children, Matthew and Laurel, fall in love and seek permission from the bishop to be wed, what will happen? Will the families work things out? A blizzard and a trip to Ice Mountain just might push things along in their natural way. This novella offers hope to those who think love and forgiveness are not possible. 5 Stars A Perfect Amish Christmas--by Jennifer Beckstrand Anna Helmuth knows that Dottie Schrock is the perfect girl for her grandson Gideon. Dottie is an excellent quilter and baker and she's having a party. There's just one complication---Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas---and true love---=will change her mind, and her future.... MY REVIEW: Anna Helmuth's favorite activity is matchmaking. She always involves her sweet husband in her matchmaking whether he likes it or not. This Christmas, she has her grandson, Gideon, and Dottie Schrock in mind to be matched. Dottie is planning the perfect Christmas party for her mamm who was very sick with cancer in the previous years and now in remission and in need of the perfect celebration, according to Dottie. But she does not want Gideon to be a part of the wondrous party as she remembers him as a pesky troublemaking teenager. A snowstorm just might help Anna's matchmaking efforts along in this sweet snowfilled novella. 5 Stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Three stories in one book tell the story of love in heaven and on earth. A must read for your holiday pleasure.
First story quite good. Second was too sappy to finish. Third was a rough start but ended better
Great Christmas stories by great authors These three authors never fail me when I'm looking for a good book to read! They all wrote beautiful Christmas stories and if you have not read any other books by these authors, you will be looking for more of their work after reading this. They tug on your heartstrings, give you some giggles and a lot of love.
I think I enjoyed the last story the best. But all ofthem are good.
“An Amish Christmas Quilt” is a book with three novella's by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long and Jennifer Beckstrand. All three stories focus on Christmas with a different meaning all the way around, while love blooms or draws families closer. Jesus, forgiveness and better understanding of Christmas are just some of the messages that I took from these charming stories that are each only about 80 pages. I hope all who read this book enjoy the Christmas messages that come from these stories. “A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant” by Charlotte Hubbard goes along with her 'Seasons of the Heart' series. Seth is a minor character in the other books, but here we see him with his own role. Here is a Christmas novella that I really enjoyed for though it is a romance and things appear to be moving fast, I got the feeling there was a lot more contact between the two as this story takes over several months. We are just invited to see what is going on in those pretty important scenes where things are being discovered or shared between the two. I have to say that I felt the Christmas message as well for it was the focus on the Reason for the Season that I enjoyed and how they touched so many other people as well. “A Christmas on Ice Mountain” by Kelly Long goes along with her Ice Mountain series (not sure of the title of the series though sorry), and that in of itself made me uncertain if I wanted to read the short novella. Oh Ms. Long writes wonderful stories and this was no different, but after reading “The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain” I was just weary. This time I wasn't given the shock that I had when I tried reading “The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain” so I wasn't taken by complete surprise, so warning it is an adult short story regardless, for if I don't feel comfortable allowing my 14 year old neighbor read it then it is an adult story, and I feel that about this story. Here is a a story that reminded me a lot of “Romeo and Juliet” in that their fathers are feuding to the point to where they don't speak. The story starts out with what caused the rift, and sadly at that point I figured out what happened but the ending was so worth reading the book. Yes this is a story of love between Matthew and Laurel but the more important part of the story is that of forgiveness and listening. Time is sometimes too short here on earth so we should always work on trying to get over those past hurts and forgive each other. This story is a wonderful example of that alone with the fathers. “A Perfect Amish Christmas” by Jennifer Beckstrand goes along with her 'The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill' series. I found the message of discovery for what makes the perfect Christmas to be so precious for so many times people look for things being perfect and over look the important things. The person who is seeking that perfect Christmas has their reasons and reasons that everyone can understand, but this person forgot what makes Christmas perfect no matter what happens. When things look so bleak, the truth is figured out, things begin to turn around for things are being looked at differently. Truly a Perfect Christmas is achieved then and I couldn't help but smile as I read the ending. Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sweet and Heartwarming Amish Holiday Romance Anthology I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review from the publisher. A huge fan of both holiday romance and inspirational romance, I jumped at the chance to read and review An Amish Christmas Quilt. I especially looked forward to the chance to re-visit the Willow Ridge community built by Charlotte Hubbard, whose previous books in this series I’ve enjoyed immensely. I also looked forward to reading the stories by Jennifer Beckstrand and Kelly Long, since I’ve never read anything by them before. I can easily report that I enjoyed this book so much, that I’ve already read it twice from cover to cover. I’ll be doing mini-reviews for each story below. A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant by Charlotte Hubbard Taking us back to the Willow Ridge community, Ms. Hubbard introduces us to young widow Mary Kaffman and her two children as they arrive in town. Nine months pregnant, and actively in labor, Mary and her kids are supposed to be staying with her Aunt Miriam but are lost. Fortunately they receive help from Seth Brenneman, a friend of their aunt, and one of the local carpenter/woodworkers in town. Ms. Hubbard does a wonderful job developing all of the characters in this short story; while fans of her Willow Ridge series have already met Miriam, her husband Ben, and Seth Brenneman, it was nice to meet Mary and her two children, who are really her deceased husband’s children from his first wife. The attraction and romance between Mary and Seth develops over several months and is sweet and believable. The focus of the story being on family, love and keeping the birth of Christ as the focus of the holiday season was also well done. I also enjoyed getting to catch up with some of the remaining residents of Willow Ridge. While this is an installment in an established series, this short story can be enjoyed on its own and would be a good introduction to Ms. Hubbard’s style of writing if you have not read her before. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars A Perfect Amish Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand A grandmother determined to act as a matchmaker and a Christmas Eve snow storm bring together Dottie Schrock, a young woman determined to give her mother the “perfect” Christmas, and Gideon “Gid” Stutzman, a young man who helps to remind her of the true reason for the holiday season. Ms. Beckstrand did a wonderful job introducing her characters and developing their romance within the short story. I enjoyed Dottie and “Gid’s” lively conversational style and their teasing banter. I also enjoyed getting to know Gid’s grandparents, Anna and Felty Helmuth, whose conversation is just as lively as their younger counterparts. Reminding us that a “perfect” holiday celebration is nice but not the reason for the season, Ms. Beckstrand focused on family, love and the birth of Christ while developing the romance between Dottie and Gid. Now that I’ve been introduced to Ms. Beckstrand’s The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series through this story, I plan to get the rest of the books and keep an eye out for what she has coming next. Hopefully we will get to see more of Dottie and Gid in the future. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars A Christmas On Ice Mountain by Kelly Long A little bit shorter than the other two stories in this holiday anthology, Kelly Long’s A Christmas on Ice Mountain focuses more on forgiveness as a theme. An Amish take on the Hatfield and McCoy saga, Ms. Beckstrand introduces us to John Beider and Luke Lapp, two young men who are best friends at the start of her story. Friends who have a falling out over an antique shotgun and have let their anger become a long standing feud. When Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp fall in love they know their fathers will not be happy. Determined to keep their romance a secret, they find themselves in a compromising position during a winter storm that leads to a “shotgun” style wedding. Both young and in love, neither Matthew or Laurel had thought about the practical issues of their future – where they would live – which family they would spend the holidays with or if they could even get their parents to forgive each other and become friends. Showcasing that God can always find a solution to your problems if you let him. Ms. Long draws both fathers together through the love of their children. While the Amish community in Ms. Long’s story is more secluded than the communities in the other two short stories, and a little more old fashioned and German in nature, I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and look forward to reading more of Ms. Long’s work. My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars *****Overall I really enjoyed this anthology and can’t wait to read more of these author’s individual work. Overall Anthology Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
~Received For An Honest Review~ Love reading books about the Amish. The life they have and the closeness is a wonderful plot for a story. But in reality, it's not something you see in the "English" world as much. As never reading from this author before, I look forward to reading more of her work. Very talented author! The characters are well balanced, and the plot is extremely good! You can feel as if you are living the lives of these characters. A great way to escape from reality right here in this book! It will keep you in one location and will be a hard read to put down! This book will surely get you in the spirit of Christmas!
Three Amish novellas with a quilt included in each of the stories. Loved the way the true meaning of the Christmas spirit was shinning through in each of these stories. All of these authors I have read previous stories by and felt like I was experiencing a home coming with the people that I have come to love and cherish. The first is A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant By Charlotte Hubbard, and we are back with old friends here. Mary is traveling with her stepchildren and is about to have a baby. Can’t imagine being in labor, and driving a buggy into the rather unknown. She is rescued a carpenter named Seth. I know, his name is not Joseph, but by the time we finish the story, there is a lot more symbolism. The second story A Christmas on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long. Brought home the power of forgiveness, and the power of love. Two men previously the best of friends, now not speaking for a number of years, and then their children fall in love. Made me think of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, only this is an Amish community. What happens makes you feel the love Christmas that comes upon these families. Can there be forgiveness after all these years? The third and final story A Perfect Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand, brought me back with one of my favorite fictional couples, our famous match making Grandparents Anna and Felty Helmuth. Of course, they are at it again. This is Grandson Gideon’s turn, and lets hope this one works out like the others. Anna has found whom she feels is the perfect match for him, Dottie Schrock. One never knows who is going to need the most help seeing what is in front of their eyes, but this is all in God’s timing. Of course Anna has been helping with a quilt for Dottie’s Mom, and it sure comes in handy. Three really great Christmas reads that will warm your heart and fill your mind during this Holy Season.
An Amish Christmas Quilt is a book with three great novellas written by three wonderful authors. This book includes "A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant" by Charlotte Hubbard, "A Christmas On Ice Mountain" by Kelly Long and "A Perfect Amish Christmas" by Jennifer Beckstrand. Each novella has a different story, but all three involves a special Amish Christmas quilt. I enjoyed reading this delightful book and each novella shows the love, forgiveness, peace and joy that can be found at Christmas. I highly recommend reading An Amish Christmas Quilt. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Three Touching Novellas! Pick Up Your Copy Today! A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant by Charlotte Hubbard I love reading Amish fiction books by Charlotte Hubbard. I always feel good when I finish one of her stories. This novella had such a special meaning for me. I literally read the last 10-15 pages through tears. It was so emotional because I was there experiencing the true meaning of Christmas along side of all the characters. I love when a book draws me into the story. I loved the characters of Mary Kauffman and Seth Brenneman. These two were meant for each other. However, there are some obstacles that stand in their way of becoming a couple. Can these obstacles be worked out or will they go their separate ways? Another reason for loving this story is, we are back in Willow Ridge visiting the characters we have come to love! Don’t miss this one! A Christmas On Ice Mountain by Kelly Long I love reading Amish fiction books by Kelly Long. She is another author that grabs my interest. I have read several of her books and love them all. A Christmas On Ice Mountain is a novella that has a huge message. Just how long can one person hold a grudge against another? Is losing your best friend worth it? Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp are in love with each other and plan to marry but because of their feuding fathers they have kept their courtship a secret. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the ending of this book. Will fences be mended? Will forgiveness take place? Will Christmas be a joyous one? Don’t miss this wonderful novella. I highly recommend it. A Perfect Amish Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand This is the first story I have read by author Jennifer Beckstrand. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading her other books. I couldn’t put this novella down until I had finished reading it. As in the other novellas I read the last several pages through tears. Dottie Schrock is planning the perfect Christmas, of course it has to be done her way, after all no one can do things that are up to her standards. What happens when things start going downhill? Is Christmas ruined or does she learn a powerful lesson? Gideon Stutzman thinks he is going to his grandparents house for Christmas to teach his aging grandfather how to use snowshoes that his grandmother is giving his grandfather for Christmas. His grandmother hopes that Gideon will take his grandfather on a snowshoeing trip with him. But….is that really what his grandmother is planning? This novella teaches us what the true meaning of Christmas is. Don’t miss this one!